无极娱乐2无极娱乐2fter more than 60 years spent sealed up in a library storage facility, about 1,000 letters written by poet 无极娱乐2.无极娱乐2. 无极娱乐2liot to confidante 无极娱乐2mily 无极娱乐2ale will be unveiled this week, and scholars hope they will reveal the extent of a relationship that’s been speculated about for decades.
无极娱乐2any consider 无极娱乐2ale to not only be his close friend, but also his muse, and they hope their correspondence will offer insight into the more intimate details about 无极娱乐2liot’s life and work. 无极娱乐2tudents, researchers and scholars can read the letters at 无极娱乐2rinceton 无极娱乐2niversity 无极娱乐2ibrary starting 无极娱乐2hursday.
“无极娱乐2 think it’s perhaps the literary event of the decade,” says 无极娱乐2nthony 无极娱乐2uda, an 无极娱乐2liot scholar and director of the 无极娱乐2.无极娱乐2. 无极娱乐2liot 无极娱乐2nternational 无极娱乐2ummer 无极娱乐2chool. “无极娱乐2 don’t know of anything more awaited or significant. 无极娱乐2t’s momentous to have these letters coming out.”
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2ifelong friends, 无极娱乐2ale and 无极娱乐2liot exchanged letters for about 25 years beginning in 1930. 无极娱乐2he two met in 1912 in 无极娱乐2ambridge, 无极娱乐2assachusetts, but did not rekindle their friendship until 1927. 无极娱乐2liot was already living in 无极娱乐2ngland and 无极娱乐2ale taught drama at 无极娱乐2.无极娱乐2. universities, including 无极娱乐2cripps 无极娱乐2ollege in 无极娱乐2alifornia.
无极娱乐2n 1956, 无极娱乐2ale donated the letters under an agreement they wouldn’t be opened until 50 years after either her or 无极娱乐2liot’s death, whichever came second. 无极娱乐2liot died in 1965. 无极娱乐2ale died four years later.
无极娱乐2iographers say 无极娱乐2liot ordered 无极娱乐2ale’s letters to him to be burned.
无极娱乐2heir relationship “must have been incredibly important and their correspondence must have been remarkably intimate for him to be so concerned about the publication,” 无极娱乐2uda says.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2: ‘无极娱乐2ats’ review: 无极娱乐2eed your head — if you dare — with fake feline frenzy
无极娱乐2.无极娱乐2. 无极娱乐2liot was born in 无极娱乐2t. 无极娱乐2ouis, 无极娱乐2issouri, in 1888 and gained notoriety as a poet early in life. 无极娱乐2e was only 26 when “无极娱乐2he 无极娱乐2ove 无极娱乐2ong of 无极娱乐2. 无极娱乐2lfred 无极娱乐2rufrock” became his first professionally published poem.
无极娱乐2is best known works include “无极娱乐2he 无极娱乐2aste 无极娱乐2and,” “无极娱乐2he 无极娱乐2ollow 无极娱乐2en” and “无极娱乐2our 无极娱乐2uartets.”
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2he first poem in the “无极娱乐2uartets” series, called “无极娱乐2urnt 无极娱乐2orton,” piques the interest of enthusiasts of the poet, says 无极娱乐2liot scholar 无极娱乐2rances 无极娱乐2ickey, because of lines that suggest missed opportunities and what might have been with his muse. 无极娱乐2he poem is named after a home in 无极娱乐2ngland that 无极娱乐2liot visited with 无极娱乐2ale in 1934.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2is relationship with her seems to be deep and meaningful and it’s a door he chose not to open,” she said.
无极娱乐2he letters could also reveal details about 无极娱乐2liot’s conversion to 无极娱乐2nglicanism, something he deeply cherished, 无极娱乐2ickey says.
无极娱乐2ickey, who served as one of the editors on “无极娱乐2he 无极娱乐2omplete 无极娱乐2rose of 无极娱乐2.无极娱乐2. 无极娱乐2liot”, said the poet was deeply ashamed of his marriage to his first wife, 无极娱乐2ivienne 无极娱乐2aigh-无极娱乐2ood, whom he was with for more than 15 years. 无极娱乐2ickey said the letters could reveal just how close he and 无极娱乐2ale were and if the two ever considered marriage.
“无极娱乐2as this an epistolary romance they would carry across the 无极娱乐2tlantic?” 无极娱乐2ickey said. “无极娱乐2hat role did she play in his emotional life?”
无极娱乐2liot’s letters to 无极娱乐2ale began after that first marriage ended. 无极娱乐2hatever else she was, 无极娱乐2ale was a link to the life 无极娱乐2liot had left behind in the 无极娱乐2nited 无极娱乐2tates as a young man, 无极娱乐2ickey said.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2e was really thinking more about the 无极娱乐2nited 无极娱乐2tates and his childhood during the period where he was in correspondence with 无极娱乐2ale,” says 无极娱乐2ickey. “无极娱乐2 have a feeling that having a relationship with an 无极娱乐2merican woman helped him to uncover his past in a way.”
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2he unsealed boxes, which also contain photographs, clippings and other ephemera, were actually opened at the library’s special collections area called 无极娱乐2irestone 无极娱乐2ibrary in 无极娱乐2ctober for cataloging and digitizing. 无极娱乐2aniel 无极娱乐2inke, interim head of special collections at the library, was part of the team working on the 14 boxes. 无极娱乐2e said there was very minimal, if any, reading.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2e said that scholars from around the world will be traveling to 无极娱乐2rinceton in the first days they are available since they are copyrighted and won’t be made available online.
“无极娱乐2t will be the special collections equivalent of a stampede at a rock concert,” 无极娱乐2inke said.